Originally Posted by manlscott
Okay, so I am totally new to cake decorating. New as in making-my-first-cake-in-2-days new! I am making a big sheet cake. I already have my MMF made and ready to go! My questions are...
- Do you decorate your cake on one cake board, then move to a clean board before putting the cake in the box?
- Should the cake board be the exact same dimensions as the cake itself, or should it be slightly bigger than the cake?
I appreciate any help/tips you can give me!
you can put your cake on a board the same size, decorate it then place it on a bigger board
attach it with a blob of icing or hot glue
if you place it on the final board first (which is fine) you will want to put some waxed paper over the exposed edges so as you ice the cake the board won't get all dirty with buttercream blops & drops
big sheet cakes especially (and all cakes) need inflexible boards --if the board flexes your decor can crack or get wrinkled or worse so be sure your boards can take the weight without bending
slightly bigger board would be for example --a 9x13 cake you would have a board at least 4 inches bigger ergo 11x17--that gives you a 2" bottom board showing all the way around the 9x13 cake
typically i like to put quarter sheets on half sheet boards so they fit in the half sheet box
i cut most all my boards
there is no right or wrong way per se--you can do it any way you want
those are some thoughts on the subject
best baking to you!!!!